Whether you have to choose the dates to fit in with the school holidays or not, the key to a good ski holiday is the snow, naturally. With snow from December to April, the ski season can be broken down into several periods.
In December, the resorts reopen and skiers begin to pour in despite the relative lack of snowfall. Not all the pistes are open and the days are relatively short. December is a festive period, between Christmas and New Year, and the resorts light up and offer various activities for young and old. Another advantage of the start of the season is the potentially cheaper prices on offer.
January is the ideal month to avoid the crowds and hit the slopes in the best conditions.
February is clearly the most popular month, it is the very high season for skiing in France, the snow cover is at its height, and the shops and activities are open. As a result, prices skyrocket and the more impatient skiers will get irritated when they have to wait for the ski lifts. If you want to go skiing during this period, you will need to book early to be sure of getting your accommodation. It's simple, when you get back from your summer holidays, it's time to think about your holidays on the slopes!
In March, the days start to lengthen and the skiing becomes more pleasant. However, it doesn't snow as often and there are not as many people in the resorts as in high season. During this period, it is strongly advisable to choose the higher altitude resorts where the day and night life is still vibrant. In March, the prices are at their lowest and the slopes are no longer crowded. This makes it the perfect month to come with a baby. Given the mild temperatures, you will be able to enjoy some lovely walks.
Finally, the month of April is worth a bet but is sure to be a good idea! Going skiing for a week during the Easter holidays is an opportunity to have a special time and savour the last snowflakes of the season. What's more, April is the cheapest month of the entire ski season, the slopes are almost deserted and the temperatures more than mild. The travel agencies offer very attractive prices as the season draws to a close. As in March, however, it is better to choose high altitude resorts if you want more snow and more people.